Daniel Ricciardo says he cannot help but be frustrated to retire just four laps from the end of the Russian Grand Prix given he was on course for a stronger result than he could have expected.

Starting in tenth position, Red Bull's decision to pit him early on lap 12 under the safety car would see him run as high as fourth at one point once the front runners had come in for their one and only stop later on.

Fighting hard to keep Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen on fresher tyres behind him, though he would eventually cede his position to run sixth in the closing stages, a suspected suspension issue would force Ricciardo out of the race just four laps from the finish.

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With Bottas and Raikkonen going on to collide, Ricciardo could have been on course for an even better result, a particular frustration given Red Bull has dismissed the Sochi Autodrom as an unfavourable track for its package. Despite this, the Australian was happy to have gotten himself into that position regardless of the outcome.

"I held on long enough. I mean obviously I tried to go as long as I could. We were looking good, we were looking strong, and we put ourselves in a really nice position, and it was just unlucky and unfortunate that we had the suspected suspension failure.

"Right now I am disappointed we missed out a good opportunity on definitely one of our weaker circuits. But putting the disappointment aside, we can be proud. It was a really good race. And with the tools we had we were maximizing ever thing at the moment."